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Operation Gratitude

Saying "Thank You" to All Who Serve

four stars

100.00

9409 Owensmouth Avenue Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: (818) 960-7878   Web Site
EIN: 20-0103575

Board Leadership
Martha Martin
Chairman

CEO
Kevin Schmiegel
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Operation Gratitude annually sends 300,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers. Through large-scale assembly days, in-person deliveries, collection drives, letter writing campaigns, craft projects and financial donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America with a way to say "Thank You" to the men and women who serve our country.

Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude seeks to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. Operation Gratitude annually sends 300,000+ care packages filled with food, hygiene products, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers. Through large-scale assembly days, in-person deliveries, collection drives, letter writing campaigns, craft projects and financial donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America with a way to say "Thank You" to the men and women who serve our country.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of volunteers
791,419
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
93.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.04
  Program Expenses Growth 16.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Gratitude on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Gratitude on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Gratitude (CA) 100.00 four stars
Warrior Canine Connection (MD) 97.87 four stars
Semper Fi & America's Fund (CA) 98.23 four stars
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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,691,661
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,300
Total Contributions $13,695,961
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $13,695,961
   Other Revenue $115,313
TOTAL REVENUE $13,811,274
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $12,394,866
   Administrative Expenses $460,270
   Fundraising Expenses $319,974
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $13,175,110
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $636,164
   
Net Assets $10,754,995

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Care Packages $12,394,866 100.0%

Ratings History
Operation Gratitude has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 100.00 four stars
2017-12 03/01/2020 92.92 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 92.38 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 92.38 four stars
2015-12 12/01/2016 91.16 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 93.69 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 86.35 three stars
2014-12 10/01/2015 86.06 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 20-0103575
Name in IRS Master File OPERATION GRATITUDE INC
NTEE Code W19
NTEE Classification Nonmonetary Support N.E.C.
NTEE Type Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 2003
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$285,000 2.16% Kevin M. Schmiegel Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Gratitude (CA) 100.00 four stars
Air Warrior Courage Foundation (MD) 92.92 four stars
Warrior Canine Connection (MD) 97.87 four stars
Our Military Kids (VA) 95.86 four stars
Soldiers' Angels (TX) 92.61 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Operation Gratitude
9409 Owensmouth Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311
tel: (818) 960-7878
EIN: 20-0103575

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426

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Board Leadership

Martha Martin
Chairman

CEO

Kevin Schmiegel
Chief Executive Officer

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